HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lady Railsplitters dropped a five-set decision (23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 7-15) to the Newberry Wolves in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday at Mary E. Mars Gymnasium.
Lincoln Memorial University drops to 14-9 on the season and 10-5 in South Atlantic Conference play. The Wolves, meanwhile, won their third-straight match to improve to 13-8 overall and 8-7 in the league.
Senior Kaitlin Walton followed up Friday’s 17-kill effort with another 17-kill performance to lead the Lady Railsplitters’ offensive attack. Sophomore Kendra Gephart added 11 kills to go along with 14 digs and one block assists; Jazzy Oates chimed in with seven kills, five digs and three block assists; while Allison Beavers added six kills, 15 assists and eight digs.
Freshman Abby Cash paced the Lady Railsplitters with 23 assists while amassing 16 digs. LMU’s defense was backed by a solid outing from sophomore Casey Mense who churned out a match-high 30 scoops with six assists and a team-leading four service aces.
Holly Brisson, Samantha Parrish and Jessica King carried the Newberry attack as that trio combined for 44 of the Wolves’ 65 kills. Brisson led that group with 16 kills while Parrish added 15 kills and 21 digs. Alexus Horton chipped in with nine kills.
Newberry’s Chelsea Mayor led all players in the match with 36 assists and she was aided by Rachel Moran, who posted 20 assits. Mayor finished with a double-double on the afternoon behind 13 digs. Elayni Stokes paced the defense for the Wolves with 24 digs.
After falling behind 2-1 after three sets, the Lady Railsplitters came out fighing in the fourth frame, rushing out to a 16-10 lead following a Newberry attack error. The Wolves used an LMU attack error to close the gap to 18-14, however, the Lady Railsplitters rallied to take the next four points and build a 22-14 lead. Lincoln Memorial forced the match into a decisive fifth set with a 25-16 victory, clinched with a kill from Beavers, a Newberry attack error and a Mense service ace.
LMU trailed 5-4 early in the fifth set before the Wolves used a 5-0 run paced by two kills from Horton to take a commanding 10-4 lead. Beavers notched a kill to make it 10-5, however, the Wolves won four of the next five points to gain a 14-6 cushion. King capped off Newberry’s victory with a kill.
The Lady Railsplitters are slated to return to action on Friday with a 7 p.m. South Atlantic Conference bout versus Coker at Mary E. Mars Gymnasium.